Friends of mine, Kurt and Jenn, built their dream house over the last few years. Careful planning and with much attention to detail, as you will see. I was in awe the first time I stopped by and asked if I could feature their infill on our blog. I was so happy that they said yes!
Kurt: This home is designed and constructed to minimize energy consumption, while maximizing the comfort of the occupants. High insulation values (thick double stud offset exterior walls), triple glazed windows, waste water heat recovery and passive solar heating are some of the methods used to minimize heating costs. Hydronic in-floor heating is used on all three levels. Primary lighting throughout home is high efficiency LED lighting, with less efficient forms serving as accent or occasional use "feature" lighting only.
They built in a favourite area of mine, a few blocks from two homes we owned early in our marriage. We have since moved but look back fondly on walks thru our 'hood.
They took a new home, and packed it with the character and timeless quality that the neighbourhood also has.
The owner, Kurt, did more than general contract the construction of the home -he literally built many aspects of it from the electrical/plumbing to putting in the recessed baseboards and welding the steel staircase.
Jenn and Kurt have impeccable taste. Their home is unlike any other I've seen and it really showcases their personalities. Well done you two!
Jenn and Kurt would also like to thank Bueckert Home & Cottage Design for their help with the house design.
West Elm (bedding)
Area Lifestyle (dresser)
Kitchens by Delta (cabinetry)
Restoration Hardware (wall unit)
Jenn: We have one of the largest array of photovoltaic panels on a house in Saskatoon. The panels produce enough electricity to power our entire home.
I love the standard they have set. I feel the need to comment on how generous they are with their time and sharing information. Firstly, allowing me into their home, and secondly sharing all the stores and contacts they have made. They supported many local stores as well as using online sources. Thanks again Jenn and Kurt!